Florida Museum Reveals Fresh Look

See even more art at expanded show place
BY DON NICHOLS — Summer 2019

ne glimpse of the towering Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen typewriter eraser sculpture at the entrance to the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Fla., and you know you’re in for a special visual treat when you step inside. The 78-year-old museum reopened in February after a three-year, $100 million expansion that has given it not-to-miss status. Enhancements include 12,000 square feet of additional gallery space, a 37,200-square-foot garden designed by Lord Norman Foster, and a 3,600-square-foot, oculus-topped Great Hall with a 44-foot ceiling. The museum can now showcase significantly more of the impressive art in its collecting areas — American, Chinese, Contemporary, European, and Photography. Especially noteworthy is the European collection, featuring masterpieces by the likes of Paul Gauguin, Claude Monet, and Pablo Picasso. 561-832-5196; norton.org

Other news from around the Palm Beaches, the Florida region that includes the town of Palm Beach and more than 30 other cities and towns surrounding it.

BOCA RATON: In December, the Boca Raton Resort & Club completed an $8 million refresh of the Yacht Club, its 112-room, self-contained boutique property. Bright and airy rooms evoke a coastal vibe with bleached cypress wood floors and a blue-and-white color palette. From $509. 561-447-3000; bocaresort.com

MANALAPAN: The Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa boasts a new executive sous chef and many new dishes on its Mediterranean-inspired menus, including Baked Pasta, Charred Octopus, Duck Confit Flatbread, and Seafood Paella. 800-328-0170; eaupalmbeach.com

PALM BEACH: Architect Rees Jones recently renovated the Ocean Course at the Breakers Palm Beach, making it more fun for all levels of golfers thanks to fairway contours, green complexes with expanded undulations, and other changes. 561-655-6611; thebreakers.com

• At the renovated Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, you’re sure to like its spacious new Ocean-View Studio Suites and the Mediterranean-influenced Florie’s restaurant, a partnership with Chef Mauro Colagreco, whose Mirazur restaurant in Menton, France, received a third Michelin star this year. From $450. 561-582-2800; fourseasons.com/palmbeach

Colony Hotel

• New owners of the Colony Hotel have updated the iconic property’s look and upped its culinary game, hiring a British executive chef and debuting CPB, its new Contemporary American restaurant. From $249. 561-655-5430; thecolonypalmbeach.com

• The Hai House restaurant opened in December on Worth Avenue, serving classic and modern interpretations of Chinese cuisine. Two house specialties: Peking duck and Mongolian beef and broccoli made with dry-aged prime New York strip steak. 561-766-1075; haihousepb.com

WELLINGTON: The International Polo Club Palm Beach now offers individual and group lessons during polo season for all levels, from novices to experienced players. 561-204-5687; ipc.coth.com

WEST PALM BEACH: The Grandview Public Market, in the up-and-coming Warehouse District, is a combination food hall — 12 local vendors — and lively entertainment center, with fun theme nights (trivia on Tuesdays, salsa dancing on Thursdays). 561-323-4103; grandviewpublic.com

• This fall, the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts unveils phase one of an ongoing $50 million expansion project featuring a larger lobby for more dining space and restrooms. Coming in spring 2020: better traffic flow and a larger outdoor plaza for easier pedestrian access. 561-651-4273; kravis.org — D.N.

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